Sunday 25 February 2018

Reeva was 'all packed and ready to leave'

Oscar Pistorius is hugged by a supporter as he arrives ahead of his trial at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. Photo: Reuters
Oscar Pistorius is hugged by a supporter as he arrives ahead of his trial at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. Photo: Reuters
Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius (R) is hugged by a supporter as he arrives ahead of his trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, April 14, 2014. Pistorius is on trial for murdering Steenkamp at his suburban Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year. He says he mistook her for an intruder. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)
Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius (L) arrives ahead of his trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. Photo: Reuters

Maria Tadeo

Reeva Steenkamp wanted to leave Oscar Pistorius's house when the couple got into an argument and the athlete shot her dead, chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel told his murder trial.

"Why would she leave her jeans on the floor if everything else is in her overnight bag?," he told Pretoria's High Court.

"She wanted to leave, and you weren't sleeping, you were both awake and there was an argument," he said.

Pistorius responded that Ms Steenkamp was neat and the jeans were inside out, which, according to the athlete, showed that she wasn't in the process of putting them on.

The prosecutor continued to pick holes in his version of events arguing Ms Steenkamp ate her last meal two hours before she was shot dead in the early hours of February 14.

"That is, as far as your case is concerned, devastating for your version that eight hours after she was killed, there was still that amount of food in her stomach," he told the court.

"I put it to you that she must have eaten within two hours of her death."

Pistorius said he "did not have an explanation" for it and insisted the couple had dinner together at around 7pm, before adding: "I think it is improbable that she ate after that."

Mr Nel fired back: "It's not improbable, it's impossible, because it would have triggered the alarm. This particular point, I put to you, is devastating for your version because it's an objective set of facts. It cannot fit into your version of events."

On the blue light on Pistorius's amplifier, which the athlete claims he had been about to cover with Ms Steenkamp's jeans, it was put to him that the amplifier has many lights when switched on.

"You have to create time, in your version," Nel said. "You have to build a time gap for Reeva to get to the bathroom. That's why you invented the blue light."

Pistorius denied this.

Irish Independent

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